The evocative setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, Pench National Park is one of India’s finest nature reserves. Species that reside here include the majestic Bengal tiger, monkey, jungle cat, sloth bear and barking deer as well as a rich variety of birdlife. Located in a leafy rural village just outside the park’s boundary, Jamtara Wilderness Camp offers a wonderful base to explore this picturesque wilderness.
Accommodation at Jamtara Wilderness Camp is in 10 light, bright and charming suites under canvas. Each tent features smooth timber floors, a private bathroom and covered patio where guests can sleep at night beneath mosquito netting should they desire to do so. It’s also possible to spend the night outdoors in a “machaan” or raised timber platform – traditionally used by farmers to keep an eye on their crops overnight. Jamtara’s version is more akin to an African starbed, indeed, a romantic four-poster version, veiled with mosquito netting to keep any bugs away.
Two Pench National Park safaris are scheduled each day, for your best chances of viewing wildlife, with walks also available in the buffer zone outside reserve boundaries. Other things to do at Jamtara Wilderness Camp include visiting its namesake village – a truly rural, sleepy place where the chief activity is farming.